Michael is the host of Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie’s Tale Weaver. Micheal says:
So this week consider the notion of a wedding to be the topic for you to write about.
Wedding is a word that is so full of myriad emotions that range from extreme joy to extreme dread. For me, the word wedding is synonymous with contract, so it is difficult for me to get too overjoyed when I think of them that way. When I believed the cultural brainwashing it was more like a fairy tale feeling for them, where the cultural belief is each finds “the one” and becomes one in holy union. As time went on and I participated in a marriage and observed friends, family members, acquaintances, co-workers, and multi-media images of weddings and marriages, cognitive dissonance pulled me out of the fairy tale. A wedding is a moment in time for two individuals that may be a fairy tale leading up to it and perhaps continues for the short period of a honeymoon afterwards, but after that real life commences, sometimes including fighting, drug addiction, cheating, domestic violence, and too often, eventual divorce. So much for “until death do we part.”
I don’t want to make this post a downer for the romanticists reading. Instead I’m going to turn it lighthearted and talk about one of my favorite movies about weddings, “The Wedding Crashers.” If you haven’t seen this movie, it stars Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn as friends who work as domestic (marriage/divorce) mediators. Their hobby is crashing complete strangers’ weddings. They have a list of rules for how to get the most out of each wedding crash experience and of course how not to get caught. There would be no story without introducing conflict into it. Owen and Vince (or the characters they play) meet up with a couple of guests at a wedding that turn things topsy turvy. I don’t want to give away any spoilers and so will stop there with the plot, other than to say it’s a hilarious movie with an all-star cast.